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April 24, 2020
A Dysfunctional Family of Superheroes, Together Again
by Page Turner

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

The Umbrella Academy isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill superhero team. The circumstances of their births were extremely strange, attracting scientist Reginald Hargreeves. He adopted them and created a team meant to save the world. Now they’ve grown up, only to be brought back together again by a family tragedy. And though no one expected this reunion to go well, per se, it may be even more disastrous than anticipated.

One of my absolute favorite things about The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite is how different it is from typical superhero stories. Each member of the Academy is wildly imperfect in more ways than one. They’re all so incredibly human that it’s almost shocking. Not a single one of them is perfect by a long shot. They have problems of their own and they’re adopted siblings – so they fight. No one idolizes the Umbrella Academy. In fact, the city almost seems exasperated with them throughout the story. After all, if the first apocalypse prediction didn’t seem to come true, why would they believe them again?

Some may recognize the name The Umbrella Academy from the Netflix show. While the show is based off of this series, the two are very different. The comic series has much more of a sci-fi feel to it. Which brings me to the fact that this story is extremely outlandish. Aliens, robots, murderous orchestras – The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite has things you’d probably never dream of. If you’re looking for a divergence from the typical superhero stories, this is the book for you.

Yours in love and literature, Page.

Content warnings: graphic violence, blood, brief nudity, mentioned drugs, death

If you have a book recommendation, DM me @page.turner.omnibus on Instagram and I’ll check it out!

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